Published at Saturday, November 10th 2018. by Kaitlin Matthews in End Table.
Nightstands they're super easy to make and they look so unique once they're finished. My favorite part about this DIY is that I found similar crate nightstands on Pinterest and on Etsy going for about sixty to eighty dollars per nightstand, and that is just kind of ridiculous to me because this is so inexpensive to make. So I thought I would give it a shot to make one nightstand you're going to need two wooden crates and 8-foot one by four cut into about 13-inch pieces and, of course, your paint or stain. As usual, I will be using my Minwax early-American stain.
This is my absolute favorite stain and I only had to do one coat on each crate to get them to the color that I wanted, whether you're staining or painting your crates. Just remember that you don't have to do the entire thing. These crates are kind of tricky. They have a lot of nooks and crannies, so just keep in mind on what's going to be visible when you put them together after you're done, staining or painting go ahead and rough up, one of the sides of a crate and then using liquid nails. You'Re going to fix it to the other crate and although liquid nails are very strong once it dries you're going to want to have a little bit more support on these nightstands. So I used a backplate and two screws to attach the back portions of each nightstand until your liquid nails dry. Keep in mind that the only part that is attached of your crates are the back pieces. So if you're going to lift it from the top, it is going to lift a little awkwardly. So keep that in mind until your liquid nails dry and then moving on to the top.
I decided to attach my 1 by 4 pieces before I stain them to make my job a little bit easier and I'd repeated the same process with the liquid nails and then just attached all of my pieces. An 8-foot 1x4 will cut into about seven pieces. So each nightstand had six pieces on top. It is possible to do this DIY with only five pieces per nightstand. However, six pieces allows a little bit of overhang and gives it that typical nightstand look after evening out all my tabletop pieces. I place this very heavy toolkit on top of it for a few hours and then afterwards, I just left them on the balcony overnight to dry. The next morning I use my Minwax polyacrylic on the table tops this step is completely optional, but I tend to do it on any surfaces that are going to get a lot of use or I'm going to be working on a lot. I've used this polycrylic in several of my videos and it honestly adds just a nice top coat. That's going to protect your surface and make everything look a little bit more professional instead of handmade after this topcoat has had about a day to dry. You can go ahead and add your finishing touches.
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